Like our Mongolia visas!…a bit bloody hard to do a London to Mongolia Rally if you can’t actually get INTO Mongolia!! 

Who wants to do “The London to Somewhere-close-by-but-not-quite-Mongolia-Rally” . We finally got the visa and our passports back so can drive a bit further now…theoretically speaking.

As for the driving bit, we reviewed our tool kit and discovered we didn’t have one!  

Considering none of us are in anyway mechanically minded, (we had trouble spelling AA) ….we went ahead anyway and sent Tony to the local tool supplying type establishment shop thingy.

 Armed with a shopping list that included gloves, duct tape, chicken wire, plyers, jumper leads, lubricant spray and a very large tarpaulin,  it was no surprise store security followed Tony for most of his shop.

Shopping trolley full of said items, the lady at the checkout nervously eyed up our Tony like he just bought a Serial Killer Starter Kit.

Tony explained that it was actually for three middle aged blokes to drive from London to Mongolia in a Fiat Panda and this was our emergency tool kit.

I think she was more comfortable with the serial killer concept. The balaclava probably didn’t help matters either…

So the car is sorted, the visas all locked in and departure date set.

But, there is one more hurdle to ponder….how many days CAN you get out of one pair of underpants…if you really really tried.

Visas? Where we’re going, we don’t need visas!! Huh? What? Oh…hang on. We do! Lots of the bleeding things! So the visa process has 

begun. Bureaucracy at its finest but the folk at the Visa Machine are hard at work getting it sorted. Would this be a bad time to mention…

Just kidding.

We have a route. OK….Hew Google Mapped a whole lot of places we never heard of and joined them together. We then counted the places,  multiplied it by the miles and divided that by the days. 

A little bit of wee came out followed by hysterical giggles and multiple colourful expletives. 

…a few more expletives….then enthusiastic nods, manic smiles and some badly timed high fives. (Tony’s eye should have 100% vision by the start of the Rally)